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Here's What You Need To Know Before Hugging Kids Who Aren't Vaccinated Yet

Dr. Tam says people keep asking when they can hug their loved ones.

During a press conference on Tuesday, June 29, Dr. Tam discussed health and safety measures surrounding children during COVID-19.

She said that people keep asking when they can hug their loved ones. "In particular, grandparents, aunts and uncles, are looking for advice for when they can share hugs with the kids in their lives," said Tam.

"The answer is: because children under 12 are not eligible for vaccinations yet, there is still a risk they can get infected with COVID-19 and pass the virus onto others," she began. She noted that the risk is lower if you and everyone else around is already fully vaccinated.

"By assessing everyone's risk and comfort levels, you can determine if additional personal preventative practices are needed when hugging or being close in person, such as wearing masks and gathering outdoors."

So, when it comes to being indoors with kids or giving them hugs, it's up to you to assess the risks involved before entering into that situation. You may want to consider your vaccination status and that of the other people that the child interacts with.

Kids & COVID-19

This isn't the first time that children have posed questions when it comes to COVID-19 rules and guidelines.

As travel restrictions begin to change in Canada, many of the new regulations focus on fully vaccinated Canadians. Therefore, children who are under 12 and unable to get vaccinated create a bit of a gray area.

Though, the Government of Canada says that children under 18 can be exempt from the mandatory hotel stay.

However, they will still need to carry out the 14-day quarantine at home if they aren't vaccinated.